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cleared for takeoff. airlines in europe are back in business, but the nightmare for all those stranded passengers is not over yet. too fat to fight? why some believe the obesity epidemic is a threat to national security. and generation text. is technology costing american teens the social skills they is technology costing american teens the social skills they need to succeed? captioning funded by cbs joining us. i'm michelle gielan. this morning, air travel in europe is back in business. but hardly back to normal. europe's busiest airport, london's heathrow, is now open, and airline officials expect a normal amount of takeoffs by
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friday. but it may be weeks before all the passengers stranded by that volcanic ash cloud get home. charlie d'agata is at heathrow airport is the latest. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, michelle. americans waking up in london have something to smile about, clear, blue skies down here. more importantly, clear, blue skies up there. it's the same story across most of europe. it's a sight europe's busiest airport hasn't seen in almost a week. passengers are finally streaming into the arrivals terminal at london's heathrow airport. this group was on one of the first flights back since volcanic ash brought air travel to a standstill. >> i decided to just try standby and luckily we got on. >> reporter: back on the other side of the atlantic, some americans are also back home this morning. among them, this san francisco marching band. and their weary chaperones. >> i'm looking forward to just being able to relax when i get into my home. because it has been a big
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responsibility. >> reporter: but for many, the journey isn't over yet. with more than 95,000 flights canceled in europe alone, it could take days or even weeks to clear the backlog. >> it's pretty bad. i mean, they're hurting cash right now. the problem is, they've got to put planes back in places they need to be. they have to put flight crews together with planes. and they're not together. they're out of sequence and they're out of cycle. >> reporter: european officials expect departures to return to a close to normal schedule by friday. and high school teacher douglas bond sure hopes so. he's trying to get back to the u.s. from london with his 55 students. but knows it won't be easy. >> we'll be parked at heathrow with maybe a few hundred thousand other people waiting to get on flights. >> reporter: but the crowds aren't the only challenge. experts warn the volcano in iceland may not be done acting up yet. scientists in iceland say that although the volcano has quieted down, it still remains active. last big eruption in the 1800s
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lasted a year and a half. michelle? >> wow. charlie d'agata at heathrow airport. charlie, thanks. this morning in china, the victims of last week's powerful earthquake were remembered in a national day of mourning. three minutes of silence were observed and flags flew at half-staff and the chinese government called a halt to all entertainment. more than 2,000 people were killed by the quakes that hit in a remote area near the border with tibet. it appears senate republicans and democrats are moving closer to an agreement on financial reform. senate debate is expected to begin next week. banking committee chairman chris dodd says he opposes including a bank tax in the measure. a sticking point for republicans. dodd has been negotiating with the top republican on the committee, richard shelby, and says they're close to a deal. >> our bill contains republicans' ideas and democrats' ideas. it's good for consumers and for everyone who favor economic
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security over reckless risk taking. >> it is important for the country, and the taxpayer, that we get this right. >> president obama will push the reform proposal thursday here in new york. the push for new financial regulation is fueled, in part, by the actions of wall street giants like lehman brothers, and more recently goldman sachs. goldman reported huge profits just days after being accused by the government of fraud. anthony mason has that part of the story. >> reporter: goldman sachs should have been celebrating its $3.5 billion profit. instead, goldman stock slipped further, as executives defended themselves against accusations the company deceived investors. >> we would never intentionally mislead anyone. certainly not our clients or our counterparts. >> reporter: the fraud suit, which accuses the firm of creating an investment designed to fail, signals a more aggressive s.e.c. >> clearly this is a different way that the s.e.c. is doing business. they're really sending a message to wall street that there's a new cop on the beat. >> reporter: former s.e.c.
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investigator says the agency was embarrassed by its failure to heed warnings about bernie madoff's stock fraud scheme. >> the word was out on this guy. how does the s.e.c. avoid not reacting to this? >> reporter: but s.e.c. commissioners were divided over filing the goldman suit. two republican commissioners voted against, and two democratic members in favor. it was chairman mary shapiro, appointed by president obama, who broke the tie. >> chairman shapiro, was it political pressure for the s.e.c. to bring the goldman sachs case? >> absolutely not. >> the fact that they wanted the case to come out now doesn't mean it's a bad case. it doesn't mean it's anything improper. >> reporter: former new york state attorney general eliot spitzer knows how to play hardball with wall street. can you explain what the strategy of that is? why do you get this aggressive with companies? >> because you have to. and the reality is if you look at the last two years, i think most people would draw the conclusion wall street doesn't get the degree to which their behavior destroyed jobs, wealth. until they get it, you just have to play tougher and tougher.
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>> reporter: both british and german financial regulators have announced they'll also open investigations into goldman's activities. the royal bank of scotland, now owned by the british government, lost $850 million on the goldman deal. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia took off this morning. emily smith is here in new york with that and more. >> hi, michelle, good morning. markets in asia got a shot in the arm today. japan's nikkei gained more than 1.5%. earnings season continues today on wall street. at&t, ebay and mcdonald's are among some big names slated to report. tuesday, corporate profits pulled the market higher. the dow gained 25 points, while the nasdaq added 20. general motors is expected to announce this morning it paid back the last of the nearly $6 billion in loans it got as part of its taxpayer bailout. that would be five years ahead of schedule. the automaker still owes the government $45 billion. money it plans to repay with a
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public stock offering. uncle sam owns more than 60% of gm stock. americans' love affair with foreign cars appears to be cooling off. a new poll finds consumers give american cars the edge over their asian competitors 38% to 32%. it's a big turnaround from 2006 when 46% picked asian-made vehicles. the king of pop is set to become the king of the big top. michael jackson's estate and cirque du soliel have announced plans to produce a touring acrobatic show based on jackson's music. the arena tour is expected to begin late next year. and when it comes to wages the battle of the sexes continues. a new survey finds that even in the highest-paid jobs, women earn less than their male counterparts. the institute for women's policy research says among top-paying professions like ceos, lawyers and doctors, women on averaged earned 25% less than men in the same position. michelle? >> i have no good reasons why that should be the case. >> there are no good reasons.
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>> emily, thanks. just ahead on "cbs morning news," parents in the balloon hoax agree to pay up. plus, text till you drop. text messaging becomes a teen obsession. first katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> we all want our children to do well in school. but what about in life. we'll tell you how a marshmallow test could predict their chances of success. we'll have that story tonight, only on the "cbs evening news." "cbs moneywatch" sponsored by just for men for mustache and beard. keep your edge. if you've taken your sleep aid
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discover a restful lunesta night. some severe spring storms caught on tape. look at this tornado that touched down in west texas on tuesday. that's near amarillo. the twister hit the ground around 7:00 local time. but there are no injuries, no damage reported. a new study found that computerized brain training
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games will not make you smarter. researchers tested thousands of people who were asked to play online games to try to improve their memory, reasoning and other skills. but they didn't do any better than people who just surfed the web and answered general questions. and on some sections of the test, they actually did worse than the other group. meanwhile, a generation of american teenagers are rapidly become text addicts. a new study found that nearly one in three kids over the age of 12 sends more than 100 texts a day. ben tracy reports. >> reporter: at school these days the cellphone is now as common as the back pack. do you know of anyone who doesn't have a cell phone? >> actually, no. >> reporter: in fact, four of five teens admit to sleeping with or having their cell phone near their bed. when you go to sleep at night, where is your cell phone? >> my cell phone is right beside me. >> reporter: in your bed? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: at fairfax high school in los angeles, phones are banned in the classrooms, but lunch time is a cellular
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feeding frenzy. most students banging out text after text after text. >> how you doing? what are you doing today? how was your weekend? >> reporter:s average adult sends just ten text messages per day. but older teenage girls send about 3,000 per month. 16-year-old annie sent about 4,000 per month. she now has carpal tunnel syndrome and needs surgery. >> i started like losing feeling in my hands and they'd go numb and i'd be going to pick up dishes and things and they would just fall out of my hands. >> reporter: social studies teacher mike stroyer says some of his students admit they're hooked. >> they actually say that we are addicted to texting and it's interfering with their studies and their life. >> reporter: texting is now the main way teens communicate with their friends, so some parents are concerned that their kids no longer sit down and simply have conversations. >> we don't get the nonverbal training that we need for later in life, in a job interview, talking with our friends, consulting friends. we're missing that along the way. >> reporter: but to teens glued
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to their phones, that's one message that apparently isn't getting through. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. cameron douglas, the son of actor michael douglas, is going to prison. the 31-year-old douglas was sentenced in new york on tuesday to five years in prison on drug charges. his parents were in court hoping for leniency. he could have gotten ten years for admitting to dealing methamphetamine and cocaine. and the parents in the balloon boy hoax will pay $36,000 in restitution. last october richard and mayumi heene reported that their 6-year-old son was in a runaway homemade balloon. they agreed to pay back colorado law enforcement agencies who responded to the incident. both parties went to jail for the balloon hoax. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, the lakers stage a comeback in the nba playoffs. ♪
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across the mid-atlantic states. the great lakes, the northeast remains mainly dry and mild. the southern plains will be heating up, and much of the west will continue to see more heavy rain and mountain snow throughout the day. in sports, the defending nba champ lakers had to struggle for a playoff win against oklahoma city. kobe bryant scored 39 points against the thunder, after the 95-92 win, los angeles leads the series two games to none. game three is on thursday night. in phoenix, the suns dominated portland 119-90. in game two of their playoff series. that evened the series at a game apiece, with game three thursday night. in the eastern conference, atlanta's joe johnson had 27 points against milwaukee. the 96-86 hawks win gives them a 2-0 series lead with game three saturday night. in boston, the celtics' glenn davis scored 23 points against miami. with the 106-77 win, boston now leads the series 2-0.
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game three is friday. in baseball, boston broke its five-game losing streak. the red sox called up darnell mcdonald who tied the game with texas on an eighth inning home run. and then he won it with a single in the ninth for a comeback 7-6 boston win. and in atlanta, the braves and phillies were tied in the ninth inning, in the tenth inning, rather, and then nate mccloud homered to right field for a 4-3 atlanta victory over philadelphia. when we return we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and the food police. the government looks to cut salt in the foods we eat. . sprinkle it. sweet! [ female announcer ] just about anywhere you use sugar you can use splenda® no calorie sweetener. [ male announcer ] savory. fluffy. yummy. sweet! [ female announcer ] splenda®. america's favorite no calorie sweetener. i'm a free runner... ...national champion gymnast... ...martial artist...
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. heavy rain and mountain snow will be lingering across much of the west. it begins to heat up in the southern plains. and scattered showers will be developing over the mid-atlantic
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states this afternoon. here's another look at this morning's top stories. air travel in europe is up and running this morning. officials expect flights for most of europe to return to normal by friday. but it may be weeks before all the passengers stranded by the ash cloud get home. and the victims of last week's earthquake in western china are being remembered in a national day of mourning. more than 2,000 people were killed by the quake. turning now to the obesity epidemic here at home. is it a threat to national security? some retired u.s. military leaders think so. they say, tuesday, that 9 million young adults, more than a quarter of americans age 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military, and warn america's fighting force will soon be at risk of running out of recruits. the panel urged congress to pass a new school lunch bill to promote healthier eating. most health professionals agree that americans need to shake the salt habit. the government is hoping the food industry will voluntarily
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reduce sodium and isn't ready yet to order a decrease. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: americans love the taste of salt. >> if i feel it needs a little salt, i'm not shy to put the salt on there. >> reporter: but that extra sprinkle could be a killer. new research shows americans consume about 1.5 teaspoons a day. more than double what they need for good health. but the salt from the shaker is only part of the problem. it's the salt that you can't see, hidden inside processed foods like soups, frozen pizza, even bread. in fact, close to 80% of salt in our diet comes from processed foods. even a so-called low calorie salad dressing can be loaded with sodium, up to 994 milligrams. that's just one half a teaspoon for serving. half the amount of sodium recommended for the entire day. now the institute of medicine is urging the government to step in and force the entire food industry to gradually cut the salt. >> the sodium in our diet today as a result of the amount of
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sodium in our food today is not safe. so we appeal to the fda to take action. >> reporter: it's well-known that too much salt raises blood pressure. >> which by itself causes heart disease, kidney disease. >> reporter: the american medical association says the salt in processed and restaurant foods were cut in half over a decade, over 150,000 lives a year could be saved. some of the public has gotten the message. >> i hardly ever add it at the table. >> reporter: but there's still a long way to go before americans start passing on the salt. in new york, randall pinkston, cbs news. check this out. in ohio, a bizarre accident caught on tape. a home security camera recorded a runaway saw blade rolling through a yard and hitting a house. the large saw was being used to cut through the street pavement when it came loose and cut a three-foot gash in the house. the workmen got the saw blade back and he left soon after. the company is investigating. this morning on "the early
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